Greek Yogurt is the Healthy Ingredient You Should Be Baking With More Often

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June 9, 2020

By Sheela Prakash

When Greek yogurt became trendy a handful of years ago, I jumped on board quickly. It’s rich and creamy thickness immediately made my usual morning bowl of yogurt with fruit and granola a whole lot more interesting. I also loved that it packed more protein in each spoonful than the regular stuff. Soon, though, I realized making it a part of breakfast was really just the beginning. It’s now something I keep stocked in tubs and use frequently in my baking because it not only lends nutrition to my sweet and savory baked goods, it actually makes them taste better.

If You Want Extra-Moist Baked Goods, Go Greek

Sour cream is a classic addition to things like pound cake and coffee cake for good reason: It results in a crumb that’s fluffy and moist. Greek yogurt works exactly the same way. The natural fat in Greek yogurt helps ensure whatever you’re baking won’t dry out. Just be sure to use whole milk or 2% Greek yogurt so you have enough of that richness to do the job. Also, since Greek yogurt is naturally acidic, it reacts with baking soda in baked goods causing them to achieve a better rise. The acidity even provides a mellow tang that lends a balanced flavor to your treats.

While there are plenty of baked good recipes that call for Greek yogurt, I also use it in place of sour cream in recipes because Greek yogurt comes with good nutrition: It’s protein-rich, of course, but it’s also a great source of calcium, potassium, and B vitamins.

You Can Substitute Greek Yogurt for Buttermilk

You can even use Greek yogurt in place of buttermilk in recipes. Just thin it with milk so it’s the consistency of buttermilk. Oh, and if you’ve got a recipe that calls for regular yogurt, you can use Greek in its place as well — you’ll just want to thin it a little, too. Start baking with Greek yogurt and you may soon find that, like I did, it’s just as valuable of an ingredient in your baked goods as flour and eggs.

5 Ways to Bake With Greek Yogurt

 

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